AN EVENING OF ART
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
COLORADO FILM PROJECT
DENVER FILM SOCIETY, in conjunction with Denver International City of Art and Film (DICAF), Studio Aiello, Sliding Door Gallery & TROG de LIGHTS present “DELIGHT ME…an evening to douse, savor and immerse yourself in art,” a fundraising celebration featuring local artists to benefit the non-profit film project, THE RAIN HAS FORGOTTEN US, directed by Mary-Lyn Chambers.
The event will take place on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 7 p.m. at Studio Aiello, Sliding Door Gallery and TROG de LIGHTS. The three participating galleries are located across the street from one another at 3560 and 3563 Walnut Street in the blossoming industrial corridor just northeast of Coors Field in Denver.
Attendees to the event can expect to enjoy food, wine, music, poetry, film, dance, performance art, plus an exclusive look at Chambers’ new film footage and engage in a discussion on the filmmaking process.
THE RAIN HAS FORGOTTEN US is the story of a brave family who gave up city life to run a small farm, in pursuit of a better life for their children. Their dream turns tragic when they find themselves facing a relentless drought. The Rain Has Forgotten Us explores that human moment when we realize we are about to lose everything...then recognize we have it all. This is a story about courage, innocence and family.
, the writer, producer, and director, wrote the film in early 2001, inspired by the spirit of the people she met in New Mexico who have chosen to live off the land. She spent the next year raising awareness, community interest and funds to shoot the film.
Chambers is an award-winning filmmaker (THE TWENTY-SEVENTH HOUR and ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW). She is known for her work in promoting local filmmakers, Woman in Film and with the Denver International Film Festival. She was born in Suva, Fiji and raised in New Zealand, adopting Denver as her home in 1994.
THE RAIN HAS FORGOTTEN US was filmed in 35 mm in late August 2002 in collaboration with artists from Colorado and California participating. The rural location chosen was a mere hour outside of Los Angeles. The film stars accomplished award-winning talent including actress Kathleen Gati. Gati can be seen with Susan Sarandon in IGBY GOES DOWN, and Robin Williams in JAKOB THE LIAR. Gati has also appeared on television in “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “The Agency,” and “All My Children.”
Chambers co-produced the film with former Denver city planner (now filmmaker) Joel Sadilek. Sadelik is an award-winning filmmaker with his new film, SUMMER HOUSE, presently on the film festival circuit. He now resides in Los Angeles where he is developing a feature film and a television series using Denver as a location.
Once completed, THE RAIN HAS FORGOTTEN US will get its world premiere in October at the 26th Starz Denver International Film Festival.
Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased at Starz FilmCenter (9th and Auraria Parkway), St. Killians Cheese Shop (32nd and Lowell), and Mariel (Larimer Square). Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call 720-934-2045.
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Press Contact: Britta Erickson, Denver Film Society 303.595.3456 x 20 or 303.994.1227 (mobile)
Studio Aiello is a new gallery and contemporary art space, opened in Downtown Denver this past September. Studio Aiello is housed in a renovated warehouse with large exhibition space. Artist owned and operated, Studio Aiello’s vision is to showcase cutting-edge, contemporary work from both local and national established and emerging artists. For more information on Studio Aiello, contact Monica Aiello at 303.297.8166.
DICAF (Denver International City of Art and Film) is a newly formed group of arts patrons and activists interested in raising the profile of the arts in Denver. For more information on DICAF, contact Kelly Sennholz at 303.831.9252.